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CIRCUS OF LIFE

Magic Pie

 

Symphonic Prog

3.79 | 194 ratings

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warwick
5 stars This is the second album of the Norwegians whose first album ("Motions of Desire") was a stunning debut and which indicated that a new symphonic prog band of an exceptional quality had been born. I think "Circus of Life" confirms this claim. I could also add that MAGIC PIE's live performance (where they played "Circus of Life" in its entirety) was by far the best at the most recent Rites of Spring festival in Phoenixville, PA, making such well-known "veterans" as PENDRAGON and SPOCK'S BEARD rather bleak in comparison.

I marvel at the obstinacy with which many people at this website continue to follow the trend and dedicate so much time to bands like DT while true gems not worse than the classics of the 70s are often left unnoticed. MAGIC PIE is truly a phenomenal band: they seem to have absorbed some 20 best prog bands in their sound and yet you will not find their two albums derivative or full of musical clichés. Sometimes it's even hard to decide if they play symphonic, or neo, or metal prog, which is another characteristic of a high-quality band (think of PT). All MAGIC PIE's songs are fresh and powerful, with great melodies. Absolutely no filler material. Another important point, which equally applies to their two albums, is very intelligent, kind, and inspiring lyrics. Aren't you fed up of the dark, constantly whining bands or those that breath "death and destruction"? Want to feel so light and positive as after YES? Then MAGIC PIE is certainly for you. The vocals are great. The guitarist is a genius.

"Circus of Light" contains seven tracks, all soaked in majestic keyboard and guitar passages. No pointless solos. The instrumental passage which starts at 14:17 on the 4th track ('Trick of the Mind') makes me jump out of myself with delight, so great it is. I keep rewinding and listening to it over and over again every time I put on the album. I remember my friend's word at a MAGIC PIE concert when they were playing this 4th track: "I can't believe what I'm hearing". No doubt, five stars. One of the best new albums I heard in 2007.

Highly recommended (I can't imagine anybody not liking this album. Well, but then there are people [even at this website!] who don't like "Selling England ...", "Close to the Edge", or "Wish You Were Here" ... :))

warwick | 5/5 |

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